A Huddersfield student with a severe nut allergy has designed an innovative booklet and magazine aiming to raise awareness of anaphylaxis.
Graphic design student Daniel Kelly, 22, has worked with the Anaphylaxis Campaign to produce the booklet, which tries to normalise the life-saving injectors people with severe allergies should carry around.
Around 20 people a year die from severe allergic reactions, and those most at risk are aged between 16-25 years old. However, a survey by the Campaign showed that almost half of those at risk do not carry around life-saving injectors. Mr Kelly started the project as part of his degree work, but it has taken on a personal agenda.
He said: “I have lived with a severe nut allergy for over 17 years now, yet I still find that people do not understand how severe having a food allergy is. When I speak to friends about my allergy they are always curious and interested. I hope that people understand what living with an allergy really entails and more importantly how to act in a life-threatening situation.”
During the project, Mr Kelly conducted a study to find out if people knew who to use an auto-injector. He found a lot of students did not know what an Epi-pen was or how to use it.
He said: “People initially thought you stabbed the Epi-Pen into the neck. My goal is hopefully making people aware of the correct way to use the Epi-Pen.”
Anaphylaxis Campaign chief executive Lynne Regent said: “We really support the work Daniel is doing in raising awareness of allergy among young people. They are a particularly at risk group so this is a really important issue Daniel is addressing.”
Mr Kelly will present the booklet at Huddersfield University’s 2015 Graduation Show tomorrow.